US Secretary of State, John Kerry has called for calm in Europe and reaffirmed Americas special relationship with the UK on Monday (27 June) following Britains vote last week to Leave the European Union. Speaking in Brussels, Kerry said it was absolutely essential that nobody loses their head in the coming period of transition.
Kerry is visiting Brussels and London in the wake of Britains vote for Brexit, a decision that has sent the pound crashing against the dollar and markets around the world into turmoil. Kerry had previously said that the US was disappointed in the UKs decision but would work with both sides through the transition.
It is now incumbent on leaders to implement the will of the people and to do so in a way that is responsible, sensitive, thoughtful and, I hope, strategic, said Kerry. It is absolutely essential that we stay focused on how in this transitional period, nobody loses their head, nobody goes off half-cocked, people dont start ginning up scatter-brained or revengeful premises.
US President, Barack Obama, had previously said that he supported a Remain vote for the UK. Kerry was speaking alongside the EUs High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, before heading to London.
Kerry reaffirmed his countrys relationship with both parties in the split, saying the United States cares about a strong EU, and the United States will maintain its special relationship and strong relationship with Great Britain.